After 15 minutes of play, Rich Rodriguez and his Wolverines were feeling pretty good. His offense, behind dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson was piling up yardage, while his maligned defense was holding the Buckeye offense in check, including holding OSU to two three-and-outs to start the game.
Things were going so well for the Wolverines that they outgained the Buckeyes 133-13 in the first quarter alone. If it weren't for a couple of miscues that stalled or ended drives -- like a Robinson fumble inside the OSU 10 -- the Wolverines would have been playing with an early lead.
Instead, the Buckeyes got things going to take the lead on a 33-yard Devin Barclay field goal to go up three at the start of the second quarter and then followed it up with a 7-yard touchdown strike from Pryor to Sanzenbacher to storm ahead by 10. The pivotal play in the drive came when Pryor, scrambled back 20 yards on a third-and-six to roll left and find Taurian Washington on the sideline for a first down.
Later, when the Wolverines answered with a Michael Shaw one yard run to cut the lead back to three, Jordan Hall's 85 yard return on the ensuing kickoff put OSU up 17-7 (massive credit to Jaamal Berry for a killer block on the return). And then then Ohio State went to work building on said lead.
Thanks to a 24-point second quarter, the Buckeyes walloped Michigan 37-7, giving Jim Tressel his seventh-straight win over the Wolverines and ninth in ten tries.